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Our current plans are to move from Palo Alto, CA to Charlottesville, VA early in 2020. We are down sizing (2000 sf to 1200 sf) after 48 wonderful years so we are donating items to charity in 2019 to help get us ready for our move. Downsizing limits the time I can spend researching pitfalls, so I'm hoping others here can help.

We plan to put our house on the market during the first quarter, so the sizeable gain will occur in 2020, after we've moved. Both CA and VA have state income tax, which one gets any tax on the gain? If we take the standard deduction on our 2019 state and federal income tax, is it possible to carry over donations made in the last quarter of 2019 to offset 2020 state and federal income tax? Are there other pitfalls and opportunities I've not considered?

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